We had a really good morning in the garden…small crew, but I think they accomplished more than a crew twice their size would have done, in double the time! In total we had three people from SSU and two of our “regulars” from the neighborhood. Today we were winterizing the garden…we pulled and composted our zucchini, tomato, and pepper beds, and we also harvested a bunch of veggies from those beds to take home. A couple of our volunteers decided it would be a good idea to sample the habanero peppers… I advised against it…ha!
It’s so refreshing to see young people who are excited to learn about the old school way of doing things! Gardening is for everyone! Gardening is positive! Gardening is healthy! Gardening brings people together! Check out some pics below from the day…
Check out a couple pics from our Farmer’s Market…
A lot of people have questions about our weekly Farmer’s Market…here’s the story…
Times / Dates – Our market runs every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 7:00…or until the vegetables are gone. The market typically begins the second week of July and goes through late September. This year our final market will be Wednesday the 26th of September.
Who Runs the Market? – The market is staffed by our teen workers and volunteers.
Why Don’t You Have a Table at the Salem Farmer’s Market Downtown? – Our veggies are grown in the neighborhood, by people who live in the neighborhood. There’s really no need for our veggies to ever leave the neighborhood…this is truly local food! (By the way, we love the Salem Farmer’s Market!)
Why Don’t You Promote the Market More? – We’d love to, but at the moment we have limited growing space…if we promote, everyone would go home with a cherry tomato and a piece of lettuce! We have some big expansion plans in the works…as soon as our capacity to grow more veggies improves, we will begin to promote more widely.
What Vegetables Are Available? – Whatever is ripe is what we have…we try to plan our plantings so that we have a continuous supply of as many veggies as possible, but at the end of the day the plants tell us what to do!
How Much Do the Vegetables Cost? – Our vegetables are free…if you want to donate we appreciate it, but we do not expect it. For folks who can’t donate, but wish to contribute, just talk to one of our staff…they’ll give you some snips and put you to work in no time!
Can I Take As Much As I Want? – Our staff estimates how many people we think will be at the market every week, then we assess how much produce we have. Based off of those numbers we make a game-time decision on how much of each item a person / family can get. We’re looking forward to a day when we can give away as much as people want.
For the third year in a row, we welcomed back the Forest River Adventure Camp, they are a great group of kids who always love our garden…they had great questions about our vegetables and then helped us out by adding a coat of stain to our beds! We really appreciate their hard work and wish them a fun summer!